Tutorials

Get started quickly with SketchUp (3D Warehouse) + Rockit3D.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

Get Rockit3D materials and components

Welcome to Rockit3D! If you are stuck at any point, please see our FAQ for more information about using SketchUp with Rockit3D. Contact us if your problem is not listed.

Open the Rockit3D catalogue or 3D Warehouse page alongside your SketchUp drawing.

Using the Rockit3D catalogue webpage

1. Go to the Rockit3D catalogue and open this alongside your SketchUp Drawing.

2. Browse the catalogue for an item you want. You can filter by suppliers or categories.

3. Press the ‘Click to Copy’ button on a material or component to copy the name to your clipboard. We will use this name to find the right item in the Component Browser in the next steps.

Using the 3D Warehouse

1. Go to the Rockit3D 3D Warehouse collection and open this alongside your SketchUp Drawing.

2. Browse the collections for an item you want.

3. Copy the full name of the item. We will use this name to find the right item in the Component Browser in the next steps.

For example: ROCKIT3D | Nelissen Anglian WF50 (irregular bond)

Open the component browser in SketchUp

To get items inside SketchUp quickly we need to use the Component Browser, this has direct access to the contents of 3D Warehouse.

4A. To access the Component Browser for Mac, go to Window > Components

4B. To access the Component Browser for Windows, go to Window > Default Tray > Components

Opening the Component Browser on Windows

Get your material or component in SketchUp, instantly

5. Now simply paste the previously copied name into the Component Browser. Select the search box and press CMD+V on Mac or CTRL+V on Windows. Then press ENTER.

Warning: if you press ENTER twice, SketchUp might freeze up and your work might be lost. So only press ENTER once and save regularly!

Place the material/component in SketchUp

6. Click the icon and the material/component will be downloaded, you can then instantly place it.

7. Use Rockit3D materials/components to build your project! Please keep three important rules in mind:

Rule 1: Rockit3D uses the first scene to construct all geometry

It is important to know that Rockit3D takes the geometry from the first (most left) scene in your SketchUp model and uses that as the geometry for all other scenes.

Rule 2: Do not change Rockit3D material names or component names

Please do not change Rockit3D material names or component names or the Rockit3D server will not be able to recognise them. Please do not make edits inside Rockit3D components.

Rule 3: Make sure glass panels have thickness

When creating glass panels, make sure the glass is an actual panel with thickness, not just a single face.

Create one or more scenes

8. Create one or more scenes so Rockit3D knows where to take the shots. Go to View > Animation > Add Scene and it will create a scene with the current camera perspective.

Rockit3D supports different camera types. Optionally you can select Camera > Parallel Projection or Camera > Two-Point Perspective to change the camera type. If you want to update a scene with a new camera, right-click the Scene tab and select Update.

Tip! Use the Two-Point Perspective camera to align all vertical lines — beautiful for architectural renders.

Submit your model to Rockit3D

9. You are now good to go! Submit your model and the Rockit3D server will render preview images. You can then setup your final scenes. When these have completed rendering you can colorgrade them on the site.